Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting started on the Shelby Cobra 427

Another Fujimi kit under way.

This looks to be just as nice a kit as the GT40. I am trying something new with this one. The body is to be painted with a metallic blue. It is very difficult to hand paint metallics so I have bought a Tamiya acrylic rattle can. As using a rattle can is normally a broad brush operation and the paint goes everywhere with little control, I decided to decant the paint into a bottle and use the airbrush.

Decanting is an interesting process.  Brett Green, of Hyperscale fame, has done two videos on the process.

Having decanted the paint and left it for the gas to escape, I loaded up the Iwata Neo and sprayed away. Here is the result so far.

I think that this looks really smart and am very pleased with the result.

I have also made a start on the engine. I am not one to do a lot of scratch building detail on engines as I don't really understand all the bits so this is built OOB (out of the box).

The engine block and exhausts have been sprayed with Alclad steel whilst the rest is in Alclad chrome. I tried using Coca Cola to remove all of the original chrome but I think that my bottle must have been passed its sell by date as nothing happened so it was back to the trusty old Mr. Muscle Oven Cleaner which did the trick in about 10 minutes. Funny but I never realised that it worked so quickly. I had always followed the instructions I got from the internet which said - put the items in a plastic bag; spray them; leave overnight; wash and dry. It seems that I can replace the plastic bag with a metal tray and the overnight with 10 minutes! Anyway, job done. I then undercoated everything with Vallejo black primer and then sprayed the Alclad. While I was at it, I sprayed everything else that needed to be black. So, I am ready to get on.

Lastly, I am very excited that I have found the Ferrari kit that I wanted to pair with the GT40.  It seems that Fujimi make a 1/24th kit for a Ferrari 330 P4. It is not quite right (yah boo) as it should be a P3 but externally, I can't tell the difference. here is the box art. I have one coming from Hong Kong as the kit is unavailable over here.

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